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Make 'upskirt' photography a sexual offence - Labour

Make 'upskirt' photography a sexual offence - Labour
From BBC - August 11, 2017

The taking of "upskirt" photographs of unsuspecting women should be a specific sexual offence, Labour says.

Ministers should close a "gap in the law" to prevent the taking of photos under women's skirts without their permission, the party says.

Labour has backed a petition to make the practice illegal under the Sexual Offences Act.

It was started by Gina Martin, who discovered men had taken photographs up her skirt at a music festival.

Writing for the BBC following the incident at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park last month, Ms Martin said: "I started to research how I could prosecute, and through conversations with lawyers, friends and organisations such as 'Safe gigs for Women' and 'Girls Against', I found out that upskirt photos are not specifically listed as a sexual offence in England and Wales.

"Perpetrators do not often get charged with voyeurism, either - voyeurism laws only protect victims if they are in a private place like a changing room or at home. But I was at a festival - a public place."

She said the law needs to reflect that upskirt photography is "a sexual offence with a victim".

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